8:09 a.m. November 10, 2015

Supporters donate $450,000 to Northwest Middle Boys & Girls Club


KNOXVILLE -- Two community members have stepped up to support the new Northwest Middle School Boys & Girls
Club with a three year investment of $450,000. Tim Williams, CEO of 21st Mortgage, gave $300,000 to the Great
Schools Partnership earmarked for the Northwest Middle Boys & Girls Club. The Great Schools Partnership will
distribute the funds over the next three years.

"Today's children and teenagers face tough challenges," Williams said. "The Northwest Middle club is engaging kids
when they need it the most, and we want to support this mission by ensuring the club has what it needs to help the
students be successful."

Tony Hollin, CEO of EdFinancial, recently made a $150,000 donation directly to the club.

"EdFinancial is glad to join 21st Mortgage in this very important venture that will transform the lives of thousands of kids
in our community," said Hollin, who recently co-chaired the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley "Our Kids, Our
Future" campaign. "Northwest Middle is an important school in our county as students come from a variety of feeder
elementary schools and backgrounds. Since it's in a middle school, this club is in a unique position to serve teen
members, and we hope the students will stay involved throughout high school."

The Northwest Middle School Boys & Girls Club has experienced rapid growth in its two month existence, showing
need for programming at the community school. Approximately 85 students attend the club every day with a total
enrollment of 225.

Two community members have stepped up to support the club with a three year investment of $450,000. Tim Williams,
CEO of 21st Mortgage, gave $300,000 to the Great Schools Partnership earmarked for the Northwest Middle Boys &
Girls Club. The Great Schools Partnership will distribute the funds over the next three years.

According to Shelley Carr, Northwest Middle club director, the goal is to increase the average daily attendance to 100
students, and this money will allow the club to offer additional programs to recruit members. A recently formed member
council is meeting once a month to discuss programs, field trips and special projects to help recruit and retain fellow
members.

"We're so appreciative of Tony's and Tim's support of our club," Carr said. "With this money and the direction of our
council, we have the funds and leadership to accomplish our goal by the end of this year."

Published November 10, 2015
Knoxville Daily Sun
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